At this point, album leaks are unavoidable for even the most resilient rapper. Just ask Tyler, The Creator, whose forthcoming LP Wolf hit the Internets this week. Most likely as result of this, the Odd Future artist has decided to stream the project in its entirety prior to its April 2 release.
At a whopping 18 tracks, 20 if you count the three part “PartyIsntOver/Campfire/Bimmer,” Wolf, if anything, shows the growth of a young man coming into his own. We won’t spoil the listening experience for you too much, but know that the theatrics usually associated with the band of Los Angeles misfits are minimal here.
The few that appear on the project are less spastic than you’ve grown accustomed to, and much more calculated, as the album follows an interestingly entertaining narrative that integrates love, life and the loss of a loved one.
Tyler, The Creator handles all of the production, and leaves limited spots for features. Aside from contributions from a good portion of his OF brethren, including the elusive Earl Sweatshirt and the cerebral Frank Ocean, Wolf dons features from Pharrell, lead singer of Sterolab Lætitia Sadier, Casey Veggies, Coco O. of Danish group Quadron, and Erykah Badu.
Stream the project in full below.
Photo: Terry Richardson